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Looking for a webcam...

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:02 am
by michejohnson
I am looking for a webcam that can handle the light of the outdoors for my truck. The camera will be mounted inside, but will point down the highway in front of me.I bought a Logitech Quick Connect E2500. It worked great - for about a day. But, I've been driving in snow-covered areas with bright skies. Now, the only thing the camera sees is pure white - EVERYWHERE. I'm guessing it's burnt the CCD out giving it snow-blindness.Adjusting the exposure down does nothing. Adjust it up, and what little I can see goes white.

Re: Looking for a webcam...

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:48 am
by jwax
You could try to "shutter down" the light by putting a small hole in a piece of black plastic in front of the lens. Or a small hole in a piece of exposed photographic negative film. I've never seen a webcam get permanently damaged by bright white snow. Will yours work indoors now?

Re: Looking for a webcam...

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:47 am
by MrAl

I have a similar problem with my web cam. I put a pair of cheap sunglasses
in front of the lens and that dims the light enough to get a good pic.
Of course you only have to use one side of the sunglasses, or you can remove
one lens and try to affix it to the cam somehow if you like.
If you need darker, use two lenses, one from each side, and put them one on top
of the other.
Of course if you go out and buy a pair the best color would be the neutral gray
color so that it doesnt alter the colors of your pictures.